The risk of dangerous storm surge and hurricane force winds is increasing as Dorian gets closer to Florida's east coast. The National Hurricane Center is now projecting the storm to reach category four status when it arrives Monday morning. A hurricane of that magnitude has maximum sustained winds of between 130 and 156 miles per hour. It's still too soon to know where the storm will make landfall. The current cone of possibilities stretches from the Florida Keys to Georgia. Governor Ron DeSantis urged residents to have a plan in place once the hurricane comes ashore.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is reassuring residents they are preparing for Hurricane Dorian's arrival. The storm is expected to reach the U.S. coast sometime Sunday or maybe Monday. Latest forecasts say it could be a category three or four storm and hit anywhere from Miami to Georgia. Gimenez said the county has learned the lessons of previous hurricanes and makes changes accordingly. The mayor urged residents to prepare now, including testing generators and getting three-days worth of food and water. He said if the stores are out of bottled water to use tap water, which he said is safe. He also urged residents to find out if they live in an evacuation zone, and if they do, have a plan to flee if called upon to do so.
President Trump is rescheduling his trip to Poland as Hurricane Dorian heads toward Florida.